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Arizona Coyotes' Michael Grabner (40) celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators in Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Coyotes advance with 4-3 overtime win over Predators

Aug. 7, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Brad Richardson scored on a rebound in overtime, Darcy Kuemper stopped 49 shots and the Arizona Coyotes advanced in the postseason for the first time in eight years with a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Friday. The Coyotes, the Western Conference's No. 11 seed, took a 2-0...

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) celebrates his goal with teammate Tyler Johnson (9) while playing against the Boston Bruins during the first period of an NHL hockey playoff game  Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning-Flyers, Avalanche-Golden Knights are for top seeds

Aug. 7, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

Jon Cooper wants to stop the conversation now: Steven Stamkos isn't ready to play until he says so. The coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning ruled out Stamkos for his team's final round-robin game Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers, which will determine the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia won't...

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) stays out of the way as Pittsburgh Penguins' Conor Sheary (43) chases Canadiens' Brett Kulak (77) during first period NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Toronto on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Not just Price is right: Canadiens have Penguins on brink

Aug. 7, 2020 1:07 AM EDT

It seemed like any hope the Montreal Canadiens had of beating the Pittsburgh Penguins rested on the shoulders of goaltender Carey Price. Price has shouldered a big load in net, but he's not the only reason the high-powered Penguins are on the brink of elimination, down 2-1 in the best-of-five qualifying round...

St. Louis Blues' Robert Bortuzzo (41) looks on as Vegas Golden Knights' Reilly Smith (19) and teammate Alex Tuch (89) celebrate a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey playoff game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press via AP)

Vegas dominates St. Louis 6-4, one win from West's top seed

Aug. 6, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Mark Stone scored the go-ahead goal on a deflection with under 7 minutes left, and the Vegas Golden Knights took a big step toward clinching the top seed in the Western Conference by beating the St. Louis Blues 6-4 in round-robin play Thursday night. Vegas would be the West's No. 1...

Minnesota Wild's Jared Spurgeon (46) kneels as Vancouver Canucks' Bo Horvat (53), Brock Boeser (6) and Elias Pettersson (40) celebrate a goal during second-period NHL hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Boeser, Pettersson help Canucks top Wild 3-0 for series lead

Aug. 6, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Brock Boeser and Elias Petterson each had a power-play goal and an assist, Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves for his first postseason shutout, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 to take a 2-1 lead Thursday in their best-of-five qualifier series. Antoine Roussel and...

Colorado Avalanche goalie Pavel Francouz (39) makes the save against the Dallas Stars during first period NHL qualifying round game action in Edmonton, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Grubauer, Francouz make strong cases to start in net for Avs

Aug. 6, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

Jared Bednar intends to ride the hot goaltender throughout the playoffs. The only thing: Which one? The Colorado Avalanche coach has a goalie situation of the good variety with Pavel Francouz and Phlipp Grubauer presenting strong cases to be the the No. 1 goaltender. Grubauer’s case: Not only the starter...

Chicago Blackhawks' Ryan Carpenter (22) and Matthew Highmore (36) celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Codie McLachlan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Blackhawks push Oilers to brink of elimination with 4-3 win

Aug. 6, 2020 10:39 AM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Matthew Highmore tied the score with 5:47 left in the third period, and Jonathan Toews got his second of the game 4 1/2 minutes later to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night for a 2-1 lead in their qualifying round series. “We...

Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khudobin (35) is scored on by Colorado Avalanche's Vladislav Namestnikov (90) during second period NHL qualifying round game action in Edmonton, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Rookie Makar, Avs cruise to 4-0 round-robin win over Stars

Aug. 5, 2020 10:18 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — High-scoring rookie defenseman Cale Makar connected on an early power-play goal, 30-year-old Pavel Francouz recorded a shutout in his postseason debut and the Colorado Avalanche cruised to a 4-0 round-robin win over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night. Joonas Donskoi, Vladislav...

Minnesota Wild's Eric Staal (12) battles against Vancouver Canucks' Jay Beagle (83) during the first period of an NHL hockey playoff game Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Codie McLachlan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Fan-free playoff hockey still proving plenty intense

Aug. 5, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

Staging games in empty arenas after a virus-forced hiatus of more than four months, the NHL skated into this unprecedented postseason with plenty of questions about just how intense the action on the ice would be. Four days into a most unusual Stanley Cup tournament, this much is clear: Playoff hockey is still...

Nashville Predators' Craig Smith (15) skates past as Arizona Coyotes' Conor Garland (83) celebrates a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Garland, Hall each score in 3rd as Coyotes beat Preds 4-1

Aug. 5, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes knew they had a big opportunity once their challenge erased Nashville's go-ahead goal early in the third period. The Coyotes took advantage by scoring the next three goals. Conor Garland and Taylor Hall each scored in the third period and the Coyotes beat the...